Helping Queensland farmers
EVEN with all the recent rain around the region, Queensland is still declared drought-stricken.
Many families in remote Queensland have been suffering the effects of having no rain for years.
The once-lush grazing fields and hundreds of head of cattle are no longer. Farmers have gone bankrupt and families have been destroyed due to the drought.
One Gin Gin local, Pam Rebbeck, wanted to help small rural towns struggling to survive.
“I approached the Gin Gin Chamber of Commerce with the idea of charity tins in every business in Gin Gin,” Mrs Rebbeck said.
She approached the chamber in October and after a mountain of paperwork and red tape, they were granted the permission and licence to officially raise funds for the farmers.
“Almost every business in Gin Gin has a tin on their counter and I am grateful for the town support,” she said.
Gin Gin has hundreds of travellers a day passing through the town and Mrs Rebbeck believes the tins will raise much-needed funds.
The funds raised are to be placed in the trusting hands of the Gin Gin Chamber of Commerce and 100% of the proceeds raised will go to Queensland farmers.
“We are looking for an organisation to take on the massive challenge to co-ordinate a food bank,” Mrs Rebbeck said.
It’s a huge ask for just one person, so the chamber has requested for an organisation to support and co-ordinate the collection.
“Interested groups or organisations are encouraged to contact the Gin Gin Chamber of Commerce and nominate their interest,” Mrs Rebbeck said.
She said the collection tins are available until June and hopes Childers will support their fundraising effort.
“We would like a group in Childers to co-ordinate the collection tins and to help raise funds for struggling farmers,” she said.
For more information and to support Queensland farmers, email the Gin Gin Chamber of Commerce secretary at secretary@ ginginqld.org.au.
RAISING FUNDS: Gin Gin businesses are supporting Queensland farmers. Pictured are Natasha Doherty, Andrew Marland, Alex Walters, Pam Rebbeck and Joanne Logan. The two dogs are Max and Mandy.